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Bleck Cra
2011-03-07 00:08:12
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TOUGH AT THE TOP
A few months back, conscious of evaporating youth, a cranky hip, a whingeing knee and a recently outraged ankle, fleeing Slieve Lamagan, it struck me that teaching what I know as a time-served challenge walker, rather than struggling to practise it, might make more sense. I flagged this up on mviews and a few hopefuls took up the challenge, all of whom I think have benefitted and some who now themselves inhabit the outer fringes of the challenge zone and are becoming increasingly impressive. In this spirit, the sleek, scarily quick and new mviews member msmurty, press ganged me into acquainting her with the annual Mournes 7x7s Challenge. Views vary on this Challenge Walk but there is consensus that it might be the toughest in Ireland.
7 hills of over 700 ms in one August day with a merciless trail across bleak bog for good measure. Anything under 9 hours is to be admired. No sooner than I had suggested the reply “maybe”, than La Murty had a 6 months training schedule compiled and a pen in my hand to sign it, kicking off yesterday with 5 of the magnificent 7. If ever teacher was taught a lesson, here it was: complacency, laziness and a loosening grip on the task, compounded by the pace of a jet-fuelled companion meant that on No5, challenge evangelist Bleck Cra was running on fresh air alone. Not one teaspoonful of ascending gas left in the tank and an almost tearful desire to be home, dry and still. On a crepuscular return to Donard Car park, the Cra soaked to the bones and busted, Murty says to him “Sure that was great…” Oul boy challenge walkers take note: if you want to do the talk, first make sure you can do the walk.


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Slieve Bawn: No longer a drive-up
TommyMc less than an hour ago.
A series of new road barriers means that it's no longer possible to drive further than the car park on the Strokestown side. A very pleasant walk uphill from the car park to the summit and back to...

  
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Mangerton North Top: On the way to Mangerton
MountainHunter 8 hours ago.
I started at Point A car park and followed the path. At about 520m (-9.4817 51.9882) the path swings westward, as you walk along the path, the coum for the Devil's Punchbowl comes into view. After...

  
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Knockalongy South-West Top: Choose your highest point
madfrankie 10 hours ago.
Whichever turfy outcrop is the highest point now may not be in 10 years time.

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Knockalongy South-West Top: Beware of the barrier
madfrankie 10 hours ago.
We followed sandman's route to the summit which is probably the best way to explore Knockalongy and its satellites. Gentle gradients but many eroded peat hags. Worth noting that the forest barrier...

  
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Kate's to John's - Na Sléibhte Club Walk
GSheehy a day ago.
When we set up the club we said it was all about the economics of supply and demand - if we supplied challenging walk... walk, Len: 24.9km, Climb: 2015m, Area: Tomies North Top, Purple Mountain (Irel

  
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Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 2 days ago.
Park at a small turning place, just opposite The Stepping Stone / Cooky Monsters accommodation and cafe.The route fol... walk, Len: 11.5km, Climb: 1097m, Area: Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy's Reeks (I

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Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 3 days ago.
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island.

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
There is a gate to cross when coming down from the cairn at the NE end of the main Caherbarnagh ridge (I found it was actually easier to cross the fence just right of the gate). There is a faint t...

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Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 3 days ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.

  
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Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot 6 days ago.
This summit is easily reached from the main Caherbarnagh ridge and seems easy enough to get to from Curracahill as well. If coming from Caherbarnagh, best is to cross the fence just before the col...

  
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The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV a week ago.
There is a forestry road in the Clydagh Valley with parking at W12955 83343. Following this road will lead you out onto the open mountain. From here it's a steep pull up to spot height 562 metres ...


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